Thursday, March 27, 2008

1. More energy. I finally woke up today with a little more energy. I still feel like my head is under water, but at least I have energy to get a few things done!

2. Windy weather. The perfect wind yesterday made it possible for us to go fly Jake's new stunt kite at the park. It was lots of fun.

3. Dekker wearing shoes! Its my fault I guess, since I never made him wear more than socks- but now that he's walking all the time, and even more now that the weather's nice and he's walking outside it was time to get him to wear shoes. He wouldn't wear any of Josh' old ones because the ones his size were too hard-soled- so I found him some softer ones- and after a day he finally got used to them!

Monday, March 24, 2008

I got sick this weekend. Friday night I got hit with some sort of 12 hour flue because I started feeling really sick, and ended up running to the toilet to throw up a couple times and then laid in bed all night and most of the next morning with chills and aches. When the stomach bug, chills and aches subsided I was left with pounding headaches, soar throat/ears, cough and congestion that have yet to subside. Jake tries to be understanding- and Saturday he took Josh golfing so Dekker (who was also under the weather) and I could get some rest- but though Jake tries he's really not very sympathetic or nurturing in those moments. I could tell he was especially worried because Easter Sunday I make his favorite meal, and I knew he was worried I'd back out (and we had lots of people joining us). So I loaded up on tylenol, put on my happy face and made it through the weekend. (Sunday's dinner really did turn out well- and it was nice to spend it with Brea, Garrett, Karina, Jared, and Jesus). Then this morning came around and I started feeling a little sorry for myself. I was wishing I could stay in bed and be taken care of instead of trying to take care of myself plus two kids and a husband (who would be at work- but still). Well, I was in this moment of self-pitty when I realized "hey, there are reasons to be thankful for being sicke too!" so to help get me out of my slump; here they are:

Reasons to be thankful for colds:

1. I get to indulge in an extra long, extra hot shower.

2. I get to shlump around in cumfy sweats all day and not feel guilty.

3. I get to nap whenever the kids will let me.

4. The boys take more/longer naps (cause they've got colds too).

5. Josh fell asleep on my lap in Sacrament meeting (the first in a LONG time).

6. I don't have to worry about not getting everything done in the day that I want to.

7. Hot cider and other comfort foods are, well, comforting.

8. Jake actually feels a little guilty for leaving me with the two boys while he goes to work.

9. I understand better how Dekker feels and can empathize with him and Josh.

10. I only get a hint of the true stinkiness of Dekker's dirty diapers.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Wow! I didn't even realize I've been such a slacker this week about posting this week.

1. Golfing with Josh.

2. Getting the bike trailer/stroller set up.

3. Attempting to fly Jake's stunt kite that he got for his birthday (not quite enough wind).

4. Fun looking up recipes for the easter egg hunt I hosted at our near-by park.

5. Friends who came and brought their little ones to play, eat, and hunt for eggs.

6. Warmer weather and neighbors out to play with in the culdesac.

7. An excuse to get out of the house instead of staying inside and cleaning/folding laundry.

8. Special Christ-centered Ensign magazine.

As always, you can probably catch pics of some of these events at

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

1. Banana bread. Who would have thought that overripened bananas could be turned into such a yummy treat?!

2. A budget. I know I've mentioned this before- but I can't say enough how grateful I am that Jake and I decided to set up and review our budget on a regular basis at the start of our marriage. It has blessed our lives in so many ways. Helped us to avoid fights, plan for the future, know where our strengths and weaknesses are, and maintain proper priorities. Its required self-discipline, but that is a blessing as well. Through very lean times, and very prosperous times, keeping a budget has guided and protected us. We know not only where our money has gone, but where it will be going. If I list as a blessing time and time again it is because I have such a testimony of budgeting.

3. My two little men. Its crazy to me how fast these two are growing up!!! I can't put into words the awe their little lives cause me on a daily basis. Parenting is by far the hardest thing I have ever done. If I had to pick one lesson motherhood has taught me I'd probably say selflessness. It is all about giving up self for the benefit of someone else. I think becoming a mother has helped me understand Christ in a whole new light. I'm still a very selfish person- but being a mom requires me to work on overcoming that daily. I'm not saying that moms should forget themselves completely- but again- isn't Christ the perfect example here? He knew exactly who he was and what he was here to do- but all of HIM was given to helping others as he continued to be him. Also, its no wonder Christ taught that we should become as little children- because though they have their moments- their hearts really are right. They are so quick to forgive and to love!!!

fun Josh quote as of late:

Josh: "Can we go to Grandma's house?!"
Me: "Sorry Josh, Grandma's house if very far away."
Josh: "But we have fast wheels on our car!"

Monday, March 17, 2008

1. A husband who puts up with me. I think I was very much a girl this weekend- and by that I mean I think my emotions were kinda all over the place and my actions a little unpredictable and certainly not logical. My sweet husband put up with it all though- and loves me anyway!

2. Pizza for breakfast. Saturday night we ordered pizzas and had friends over to watch the BYU basketball game. We had leftover pizza - and so yes- it was enjoyed for BREAKFAST!

3. Another book finished! I finished The Good Earth last night. I enjoy reading- but its been harder for me to do a lot of it since becoming a mom- but I made it through this one pretty quickly. Before I started this one I finished up three parenting or self-help type books that I had just a couple chapters of each left in... so it feels cool to have finished several books within a month.

Friday, March 14, 2008

1. Jesus Garcia. It was his birthday yesterday- and though he avoided it- I think he ended up appreciating that we got some friends together for dinner and then cake and ice cream in honor of his birthday. He's been a true friend and we love him.

2. Rumbi Island Grill. That's where we went for dinner- and its been a while since I've been there. I love their yummy salads and fresh tasting foods.

3. Peace in scriptures. Isn't it cool how if you have questions or feel unsettled you can turn to the scriptures and find both answers and peace?!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

1. Honesty. I'm so thankful for people who are not afraid to be honest. To show who they are. To share stuggles. To share accomplishments. To share loving criticism. Honesty is a characteristic I think is not appreciated as often as it should be.

2. Visiting teaching moments. I did my visiting teaching yesterday (much earlier this month than I usually do and I must say I'm proud of myself) and the it was a neat moment. The message wasn't profound, but it sparked a very honest conversation. It was nice especially since this is only my third month visiting one of the sisters, and I haven't really known her before this. Though she's in a very different stage of life than me (her youngest just got married) it was cool to be able to connect with her.

3. "I love you SO much!" I'm so thankful this phrase is heard so often in our home!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

1. Last night Josh woke up after having been in bed about an hour and ran up and down the hallway panicked saying, "I gotta go pee! I gotta go pee!" We responded- "Get in your bathroom and go then!" He said, "Okay" and we then heard him climb up onto his seat and after a moment a big SIGH of relief. We laughed at the sigh, and then again a little later when after he was all done he came to our doorway and called "Goodnight!" in such a cheerful manner and then went right back to bed. The whole moment was funnier in person- but I had to try and document it.

2. This morning I was taking a shower when I hear Dekker push open the door and walk in- this isn't too big a deal- if he's awake when I shower I actually prefer him be in the bathroom where I can listen to and peak out on him. He came over pushed aside the shower curtain to say hi. Then turned and walked a way. I closed the curtain and turned around to try and hurry and finish my shower. I didn't hear a thing, but when I turned around there was Dekker standing in the shower, fully clothed, and just looking up at me with a big smile on his face (we have just a small curb to our step in shower- and somehow he snuck in!) I laughed and got him undressed and washed him up since he'd decided to get wet.

3. Honkey Cake. I made took a chocolate cake recipe and turned it into a white chocolate pudding cake with vanilla chips and took it over to my cousin's for dessert one night. It turned out really yummy and my cousin told me later that she'd been dreaming and craving it... so much that she wanted to think up a name for my creation so she'd have a way to reference and request it in the future- she said at first she thought of "White Dream" and other fancy names, but then "reverently" settled on "Honkey Cake". So there it is!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

1. Park City Outlet Stores. I drove up there yesterday instead of staying at home and doing laundry and housecleaning... sometimes ya just have to get out and do something different! I found great deals on some needed items for the whole fam (actually- I didn't get anything for Dekker- poor guy!)

2. Cleaning out Jake's closet. Jake was so pleased with the new stuff I got him (he got the most- but its because he NEVER shops for himself) that he was inspired to go through his closet and get rid of all the old, worn out or never worn stuff. AHHH that feels good.

3. Only one melt down. Josh and Dekker did relatively well on our shopping excursion. They (mostly Dekker, and then Josh responding to him) had a melt down in the first store- but after working through it and getting needed food/drinks in their bellies they did pretty darn good the rest of the time. However, I'm still putting in a prayer that I'll eventually get a girl sometime down the road who will actually enjoy shopping!

Monday, March 10, 2008

1. Kangaroo Zoo. We took Josh to this place for the first time Saturday night. It's basically a huge wearhouse full of the blow up bouncy toys. Josh LOVED it- and so did we really. Its crazy how much fun you can have just watching your kids have fun.

2. The Good Earth. This is our ward book club book right now- and though it didn't sound all that exciting- about 5 pages into it I was hooked. The writing is really beautiful- and the lessons great.

3. Book of Mormon Read and Shares. We used to do these in the MTC; sit in a circle and read 2-3 verses at a time and pick them apart. Share thoughts, feelings and insights. Well, this Sunday I taught the Laurels- and the lesson was pretty short and straight forward (encouraging family unity) but it had a great scripture story that they'd referenced (1 Nephi 16:17-32 - Nephi and his broken bow)so I decided to spend the bulk of our time doing a Read and Share with the passage. It was so powerful! The four laurels I had in class that day were the younger ones (the seniors were invited to go to Relief Society that day) but their insights and comments were very mature and insightful. It was a reminder to me of my testimony that the Book of Mormon is truly a powerful book and wonderful teacher!

Friday, March 7, 2008

1. Blog readers. I recently found out I've had more people looking at our family blog site than I realized. It's such a great way for me to feel connected to the world.

2. Late nights with happy kids. Josh tried skipping his nap yesterday- and then crashed in the car at about 4pm and slept till around 7pm. That means that he was not tired at his 9pm bedtime... but at least he was in a good mood. We let him stay up till about 10 and he was just giggling and playing with us. He's a sweet kid. Dekker took a later nap than usual too- and stayed up a little later than usual as well.

3. Simple dinners. Since the boys slept through dinner last night I decided to keep dinner simple. I found a recipe online for chicken salad (with artichoke hearts & bacon)sandwiches that were pretty easy- and yummy.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

1. The World's Fastest Indian. I'd heard this movie was good- but the plot line sounded pretty boring- but Jake and I watched this last night and both LOVED it. If you haven't seen it- I recommend it. Don't worry about the plot- its the message that counts- follow you dreams, and a little bit of naivety and sincerity will do you wonders!

2. New words. Dekker is attempting to say more words all the time- his latest: up, balloon, ball, and bear.

3. Pat-a-cake. When all else fails- sing silly kid songs.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

1. Good examples. I'm very thankful that when I start to feel I'm in a slump I can look around and see so many good examples. From blogging, to cooking, to crafting, parenting, house keeping and more. So thank you to all of you out there. You may not realize it- but you in your own little way have been an example. My mom shared a great quote with me: "Our worst fear is not that we are inadequate; our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God: your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some of us; it is is in everyone, and as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." I LOVE it!

2. Gymnastics. I signed Josh up for gymnastics- so now he goes every Wednesday. He LOVES it. It gives me a little break, and something for him to look forward to. Its cute to watch him listen to the teacher and try the stretches, tumbles, and bar pulls.

3. NyQuil. This has been helpful the last few nights.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

1. FHE. We had a very successful one last night.

2. Rough housing. Jake was so cute playing with the boys last night. Josh LOVES playing "steam roller" and jumping and climbing all over Jake. Dekker is just starting to get into it all- but its cute to watch.

3. Naps. This cold has really hit me hard- so I'm very grateful when I'm able to sneek a nap in here or there.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

1. Free one night getaway. Jake's company does health insurance, payroll and other similar services for other small companies. One of the health care providers sponsored a one-night getaway to Daniel's Summit Lodge for some of their broker and health insurance agencies- which means we got another little geteway- this time for free. It was just one night and the lodge isn't far- but it was nice, they had a dinner and presentation- but they also paid for breakfast and snowmobiling the next morning. We relaxed in the hot tub and played cards with two other couples (one being Jake's business partner Lou and his wife Trish- the other their friends' the keyes).

2. Siblings and friends who helped watch the boys while we were gone! So nice to have you guys around.

3. My body to myself. After being pregnant, and then nursing for a year- its nice to know that my body is mine and "normal" for a while again. I only had about 4 months of this after Josh was weaned- I'm planning on keeping it this way for close to a year this time before getting pregnant again. It really is nice not to have to worry about every little medication I take or knowing that I can leave both kids at home for more than a few hours.